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Company Had Been Fined Before, But Still Continued to Put Worker's at Risk

Some employers never seem to learn, either that, or they just don't care.


A worker was critically injured at a construction site in Manhattan on Wednesday after he lost his balance on a ladder and fell into an elevator shaft, plummeting four stories and landing on metal bars, the authorities said.

The worker, a 55-year-old man, was preparing to hang drywall on a ceiling at 34 West 17th Street when he fell, shortly after 8 a.m., the police said.

According to the police, the worker was impaled by three metal bars that protruded from the base of the shaft, piercing his torso, a leg and an arm. Cinder blocks also fell on him. The metal bars had to be cut so he could be taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was listed in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon, the authorities said.

The New York City Buildings Department said on Wednesday that it had initiated an investigation. In a statement, the department said the man was not wearing safety equipment, such as a harness, at the time of the fall.

A full stop-work order was issued for the site, where a 10-story commercial building, near Avenue of the Americas, is being converted into condominiums.

The work was properly permitted, officials said. But the site was fined $1,000 for a violation in August that involved safeguarding the building's elevator shafts, according to department records.

We've seen instances like this, unfortunately, over and over. A worker is injured in a previous accident...they get their hope the employer would then take the proper steps to safeguard their employees in the future...but then, here we are again, seeing another hard-working individual being needlessly injured due to an employer's neglect.

You deserve your rightful and full compensation. An employer's neglect is not just cause for you not to be owed any wages lost...or medical expenses incurred.

We get very frustrated when we hear a client tell us "My boss said that I shouldn't talk to you". That's a violation of your rights! Of course your boss doesn't want you to talk to us...they don't want to be held accountable for the accident, and don't want to give you your rightful compensation.

We fight for you...and will continue to fight vigorously to ensure you get every bit of your proper, rightful, and full compensation.

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